Want to help support the ocean through consuming a delicious and good for you plant? Then kelp is for you!
Check out these incredible properties:
Kelp is nutritionally dense (it’s loaded with potassium, iron, calcium, fiber, iodine and a bevy of vitamins); it actively benefits ocean health by mitigating excess carbon dioxide and nitrogen; and can provide needed income to small fisheries threatened by climate change and overfishing. “Kelp is a superhero of seaweed,” said Susie Arnold, a marine scientist at the Island Institute in Rockland, Me. “It de-acidifies the ocean by removing nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon dioxide, which we have too much of.”
Farming it is relatively new, which means quantities are somewhat limited, but the production is growing and helping support families that previously relied on fishing:
In 2015, about 14,000 pounds of kelp were harvested from farms in Maine, according to Jaclyn Robidoux, a seaweed specialist at Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine. In 2018, that number was just over 53,000 pounds, and it is expected to reach more than 300,000 pounds this year.
And the recipes you can make with kelp sound DELICIOUS!
I’ll steam the kelp with fresh corn, stuff it into whole fish and scatter it over pizza.
The article above lists places where you can order sustainably-grown kelp like Atlantic Sea Farms, or you can also try it in these snacks I reviewed a few weeks ago as well.